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South Africa: When They Killed Neil Aggett

Analysis - The second inquest into the death in detention of the unionist, in 1982, is now under way. The first was a whitewash. To heal from such evil, South Africa deserves the truth.

On 5 February 1982, anti-apartheid union organiser Dr Neil Aggett (28) was allegedly "found hanged" in cell 209 by police in the notorious John Vorster Square after 70 days of Security Police torture and 62 hours of interrogation.The Security Police at the time had unlimited, terrifying."Somebody told me he spoke to Neil [Aggett] once and he said: 'They're going to kill you,' and he [Neil] said: 'Yes, I know.First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.

Copyright © 2021 Daily Maverick.'" Jill Burger, Aggett's sister, told this chilling chronicle of a death foretold to journalist and writer Tymon Smith, who has written extensively about the recently reopened inquest into Aggett's death and the new evidence that has emerged.

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